What In the World Could This Be?


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When I got up this morning I discovered this “thing” on the the side table in the living room. I realized right away what it was and said, “Oh no.”

John was in the kitchen and heard me and saw me holding this “thing” in my hands. He told me he was in the kitchen when he heard this tink, tink, tink noise. Kylie cocked her head in wonder too.

So off they went to investigate and found this “thing” lying on the living room floor. John said he looked at the Christmas tree thinking something fell off of it, then looked up and all around. He was stumped and had no clue where this “thing” could have come from.

Little did he know that there stood something that has been a treasure of mine for years…. and now this treasure was missing its part….

Scroll down for the answer to where this mysterious thing belongs….


My dear snow lady was now without her nose. Off it flew from her face, tink, tink, tink as it hit the ground and landed about a foot away from her. So a little New Years Eve surgery will be in order shortly so my most dignified and graceful snow lady will once again have her nose just in time to celebrate the New Year.

Artists, Friendship, and A Fun Project in the Works

Me and Cassy Tully of Cassy Tully Fine Art at Exchange Bank Coffee House,

Holiday & Friendship Celebration 2011

It’s hard to believe that Cassy and I have only known each other for a little over a year. I feel like I have known her forever. I got to know her more last year after my husband, John commissioned her to do a painting of Frankie as a surprise for our 27th Wedding Anniversary (and boy! was I surprised!). From that point on, Cassy and I became friends.

Today we met for what we called our holiday and friendship celebration. Talking with Cassy, I told her today, is like talking to an old soul. She is very wise for her young age of 28. It’s almost as if she has been here once before. Being in her company is like being high on joy- she is so full of life and I so admire that about her.

Cassy is a very talented artist and to be in the presence of her and her art is like being in heaven. She is a beautiful young spirit. You can learn more about her and her work on her website.  I encourage you to check out her art, especially her growing trees. She writes all the passages for her growing trees- when you read them, you will see why I call her an old soul.  And while you are there check out the amazing painting she did of Frankie (I also have gift cards of the Frankie painting for sale on my website).

I’m very excited that her and I are collaborating on a fun and exciting project for 2012.  She’s been a big support of Frankie and me and our mission, which I can’t thank her enough for. I can’t spill the beans yet, but we are both very excited about our project that we hope will involve sharing writing, reading, and the arts to the schools in our area with a special contest we will be promoting.  So stay tuned…

Silly Dog Magnets a Booming Business for Artist, Brianna Lennox Brunsell

Congratulations to our friend, Brianna Lennox Brunsell for her feature story about her Silly Dog Magnets business and it’s success. Brianna has done Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog magnets for us and we love them. We have them for sale on our Joyful Paws website if you’d like to check them out.
Photo and story reprinted from Salina online journal


By ERIN MATHEWS Salina Journal

For Salinan Brianna Lennox, the attraction to dogs is magnetic.Lennox, 26, has successfully combined her whimsical artistic style and love of dogs into a home-based business that ensures her creature creations are on refrigerator doors and other metal surfaces all over the world.
In Salina, the magnets are for sale at two locations downtown — the Toy Parade, 119 S. Santa Fe, and Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, 141 N. Santa Fe.
“It turns out people really love dogs,” Lennox said Wednesday. “Everybody has a big soft spot in their heart right where that pet is.”
The creator of Silly Dog Magnets, Lennox made her first set of magnets out of pictures she drew of Chinese Crested dogs in 2008.
At the time, she was managing CD TradePost and, in her spare time, had begun experimentally offering an array of handmade items for sale online at a website called etsy.com, which bills itself as the world’s handmade marketplace.
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Lennox said her Dala horses, Viking finger puppets and other items weren’t finding enough buyers to replace the income from her day job.
It wasn’t until she posted the Chinese Crested dog magnets that she found she had something that would sell.
“I started making random things until I found my niche,” she said. “My niche turned out to be dog magnets.”
A Lindsborg native, Lennox attended Salina Area Technical College for training in commercial art. She also worked previously as a gallery attendant for the Salina Art Center. She said she learned her love of dogs from her mother, who worked as a dog groomer.
Lennox started to draw more dog breeds, and the colorful magnets quickly took off online. She developed her own Web site at sillydogmagnets.com, and the business continues to grow. In the past couple of years, her magnets have been featured in the magazines Modern Dog, City Dog and Tails.
This spring, she left CD TradePost to devote herself full-time to her magnetic canine creations — and to her real canine, Billie Bumbler, her 2-year-old dapple dachshund.
“I love it,” Lennox said. “It’s so fantastic. It frees me up a lot of time for me to spoil my dog rotten, which is what I do in my spare time.”
Billie, who can weave through Lennox’s legs and leap into the air on cue, has learned an impressive array of tricks now that Lennox is home more. Lennox calls Billie her “inspiration and quality control.”
“I refer to myself as the CEO and her as the DOL, which stands for ‘Dog on Lap’,” Lennox said. “You can’t have a dog magnet business without a mascot.”
Lennox may not be a Salinan much longer. She has her house on the market and plans to relocate to Omaha, Neb. Her business is portable, she said.
Lennox creates her drawings with artist-quality markers, then has them professionally copied. She cuts the copies into a circle with a press in her office, then presses the picture into a button maker.
Instead of a pin, she glues a magnet on the back, mounts her creations on a display card, and they are ready to ship.
On Wednesday, 100 freshly glued magnets were drying on the counter. They had been ordered by a couple of dog lovers who were getting married and planned to give any cash wedding gifts to a dog charity, Lennox said. The couple ordered the magnets to give to wedding guests.
Lennox said she has had the opportunity to work on projects for several breed rescue organizations, and she has created custom work for various fundraising projects — including magnets of Sparkles the fire safety dog and Frankie, the walk ‘n’ roll dog, a dog who makes presentations about living with disabilities. She has even created ribbons for wiener dog races.
“That’s the beauty of a handmade product,” she said. “A lot of times it’s customizable, too.”
Lennox’s boyfriend, Candy Pacheco, helps with the magnet production process and fulfillment of online orders, which are usually shipped within 48 hours.
“You know business is good when the guys at the post office know you by name,” she said.
Lennox said that in 2011 she sold more than 5,000 sets of six dog magnets, which easily doubled the amount she sold the previous year.
She has about 50 different dog breeds represented in her collections, and she said she intends to keep adding a new breed every couple of weeks, “just to keep things fresh.”
She also has one cat set.
“It’s not that we don’t like cats; it’s just that my business is silly dogs,” she said.
She said she doesn’t think she’ll do a “mutt” collection, but she does custom work. She charges $34.99 for one customized portrait of a dog and a set of six magnets, which can be ordered through her Web site.
Of course, her favorite — and her best seller — is the dachshund, which takes two magnets to depict — one for the front half and one for the hind quarters. She has dachshunds dressed in Halloween costumes, wearing sweaters and party attire, and riding in wheelchairs.
Lennox said that with most of her business being online, she doesn’t get a lot of feedback, which makes the contacts she does receive special. She said the biggest fan she is aware of is a 10-year-old girl in Colorado who asks for her magnets for birthdays and Christmases and has sent her letters and her own dog drawings.
“I love getting letters from people who say I captured one of their dogs in my drawings,” she said. “It makes my day.”

— Reporter Erin Mathews can be reached at 822-1415 or by email at emathews@salina.com.